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Identifier: GB 7C

Children's Miniature Books Collection


  • 1802-1993

Scope and Content Note

The Children's Miniature Book Collection numbers just over 230 volumes. Most of these came through a donation by Alden Jacobs, class of 1940. The date of publication ranges from 1802 through 1993, with the bulk of the collection after 1940. The titles range from those intending to improve the minds of the young readers, religious texts and educational materials, to those created to entertain, children’s stories and fairy tales. The books themselves range from an elegantly-boxed set of children’s stories from 1866 to the more ephemeral Golden Books, Mighty Midget and Mt. Hawley series of the late 20th century. The Miniature Children’s Collection is one of several collections of miniature books housed in Special Collections and University Archives.


2.6 Cubic Feet (2/3 record carton)

Language of Materials



This collection encompasses a range of books in a miniature format that are designed to entertain or educate children.

Arrangement Note

Books are arranged by date of publication, then by author or title within each year. Undated books are included at the end of the listing Books in sets have been located in the list according to publication date (then author or title) of the first title in the set.

Related Collections

The Miniature Fine Press and Artists' Books Collection

The Early Miniature Books Collection

The Commercial and Other Miniature Books Collection

A miniature book case and ephemera from both Alden Jacobs’ collection and a 1999 exhibition of his collection at the Rutgers University Library are not itemized here, but are included in Box 2 of this collection.

Harry B. Weiss Chapbook Collection

Nineteenth Century Children's Chapbook Collection

Guide to the Children's Miniature Books Collection
Edited Full Draft
Elizabeth M. Phillips
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.